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Flying in a Dakota

Aboard the 75-year old royal PH-PBA dakota

Oct. 19, 2019 -

As a wonderful birthday gift I was honoured to fly in a DC-3 classic plane. It was the 75-year old PH-PBA, a C-47A Skytrain or Dakota, formerly owned by H.R.H. Prince Bernhard from The Netherlands. It's a very special plane operated by the enthusiastic people from the Dutch Dakota Association (DDA Classic Airlines). Read along for some aviation history!

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Riveted by the Rosies, the C-47-A PH-PBA
Riveted by the Rosies, the C-47-A PH-PBA "Prinses Amalia" remains a beauty at her 75th year anniversary
KLM Captain flying the C47-A PH-PBA over the Markermeer
KLM Captain flying the C47-A PH-PBA over the Markermeer
Lelystad Airport terminal building near the hangar where the PH-PBA is stationed
Lelystad Airport terminal building near the hangar where the PH-PBA is stationed
The PH-PBA taking Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard to Belgium, May 1960 (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat)
The PH-PBA taking Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard to Belgium, May 1960 (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat)
The R-1830 Twin Wasp piston engine at work - it feels alive!
The R-1830 Twin Wasp piston engine at work - it feels alive!
U.S. Army Pathfinders and USAAF flight crew prior to D-Day (June, 1944, RAF North Witham, public domain)
U.S. Army Pathfinders and USAAF flight crew prior to D-Day (June, 1944, RAF North Witham, public domain)

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